Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kentucky is No. 2 in Dick Vitale's Preseason Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats are No. 2 in Dick Vitale's preseason college basketball rankings.

Vitale has the Duke Blue Devils at No. 1.

Villanova, Kansas and North Carolina round out the top 5.

Louisville comes in at No. 7.

Here is an excerpt:

1. Duke Blue Devils
Grayson Allen should be the preseason player of the year. Amile Jefferson is back, and a stellar recruiting class comes in.

2. Kentucky Wildcats
John Calipari will not rebuild, he will reload. De'Aaron Fox will be special at the point guard slot. Isaiah Briscoe has a year of experience that will help.

3. Villanova Wildcats
The defending national champions have Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins returning. Coach Jay Wright is glad they didn't enter the NBA draft.

4. Kansas Jayhawks
Frank Mason III and Devonte' Graham form an outstanding backcourt. Look for big things from diaper dandy Josh Jackson.

5. North Carolina Tar Heels
Joel Berry II, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson ... a lot of experence returns.

6. Michigan State Spartans
Miles Bridges will become a star in East Lansing. Eron Harris will step up his game and develop into a consistent, double-figure scorer.

7. Louisville Cardinals 
Last year's top scorers are gone, so guys like Donovan Mitchell and Ray Spalding will have added responsibilities. Keep an eye on diaper dandy V.J. King.

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